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The following front-page stories received the most comments during the preceding week.

Caitlin Flanagan: Imagine what it would be like to be the subject of one of Trump's bullying campaigns, to have the most powerful man in the world ridicule you day after day, in his crude, below-the-belt way. What would you do about it? Ignore it, and you look weak. Handle it in some principled way, and he will only increase the pressure. Respond to it in kind, hurling equally harsh insults at him, and your energies will be turned back upon you.

The same lawmakers who exploded the federal deficit by gifting millionaires and billionaires a favorable corporate tax bill are now telling the public that the way to fix the deficit is to shred the social safety net. Asked about the federal debt reaching $21 trillion and the deficit projected to top $1 trillion next year, McConnell did not mention tax cuts at all.

A handful of states, most of them led by Republicans, are using someone's decision not to vote as the trigger for removing them from the rolls. No state has been more aggressive with this approach than Georgia, where Brian Kemp, the secretary of state, oversaw the purging of a growing number of voters ahead of his own run for governor, according to an APM Reports investigation. Voting rights advocates call it a new form of voter suppression, and they fear it will soon spread to other states.

Rachel McKinnon has entered the history books as the first transgender woman to win a cycling world title. McKinnon, who races both on the track and the road, won the women's 35-44 sprint during the UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles on Sunday. Dr Rachel McKinnon was born a biological male but identifies as a trans woman and is a campaigner for trans rights.

President Donald Trump praised Montana Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte for assaulting a reporter during his campaign last May, saying "any guy who can do a body slam ... he's my guy" and made a gesture mimicking a body slam. read more

Specifically, Mueller is close to rendering judgment on two of the most explosive aspects of his inquiry: whether there were clear incidents of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, and whether the president took any actions that constitute obstruction of justice, according to one of the officials, who asked not to be identified speaking about the investigation.

The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law. A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender in federal programs, including in education and health care, recognizing gender largely as an individual's choice and not determined by the sex assigned at birth.

Vladimir Putin used his annual address to hail the end of the United States' influence on the world. According to a write-up from the Financial Times, Putin told his country "luckily this monopoly is disappearing. It's almost done."

A contentious conversation about politics is quietly happening in America's suburbs among college-educated white men who hold opposing views of President Trump. "You guys at the country club make me sick," Charles Ikins, 59, from Clinton, Ohio, wrote in a comment on our site. "This administration is trampling all over traditional American values." ... ahead of the midterm elections, many affluent suburban white men are warming up to or sticking with President Trump and plan to vote Republican. As we reported, a nearly equal amount are not, according to an Oct. 8 Washington Post poll. The poll shows that their party preference is split evenly, 49 percent to 49 percent, between Democrats and Republicans. read more


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